LAKELAND - Stephanie Nicole Ross, 25, of Lakeland, beloved daughter of Janet Svaral and Bob Ross, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 10, 2012.
Stephanie's gentle man-ner and radiant smile brought joy to all around her and she will be dearly missed.
Stephanie loved horses, dogs, and animals of all stripes. She was a 2005 graduate of Lakeland High School and received her Bachelor of Science in psychology from USF in 2012. She planned to pursue a doctorate in psychology in the fall in order to further her work with mental illness and disability. She was dedicated to working with people with special needs and hoped to spread her enthusiasm by teaching others about the complexity and wonders of the human brain.
Stephanie leaves behind her parents and father's partner, Mary Coe; two siblings, Tracey Ross Stephens (John Stephens) and Rob Ross (Tracey Mallin Ross); three nephews, Austin, Max, and Benjamin; grandmother Helen Ross; significant other David Reamer; a menagerie of misfit pets; and loved ones in all who knew her. Her untimely departure will leave open spaces in the lives and hearts of all of us. We love you Stephanie.
A celebration of Stephanie's life will be held on Friday, December 14 at 2pm in the Tribute Center at Heath Funeral Chapel. Condolences for the family may be made at
heathfuneralchapel.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the ASPCA or Noah's Ark of Central Florida.
Published in Ledger from Dec. 13 to Dec. 14, 2012